Summer 2020 Onsite Camp Policy & Procedures

1st - 2nd Grade Summer Programs

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

  • In order to keep families physically distant from each other and reduce the need for families to enter the camp space, we will be utilizing a drive-thru drop-off and pick-up system.
    • Every day families will pull up outside of the camp venue where a Studio East Staff Member will be waiting to check campers in and conduct a health screening including a temperature check and a series of questions regarding symptoms and treatment. This will happen at the car so that guardians are present.
      • Teaching staff will go through the same screening daily
      • Anyone who does not pass the screening will be sent home, encouraged to get a COVID-19 test, and will not be allowed to return to camp until a minimum of 72 hours (3 days) have passed since recovery- see “Returning to a program after suspected signs of COVID-19” below.
    • We request that the same adult drop-off and pick-up every day when possible.
    • Campers will be asked to wash or sanitize their hands immediately upon entry of the camp space.

Reducing Transmission

  • All camp groups will be limited to 10 people (including staff)
  • Groups will stay together and not combine with other groups at any point during the day.
  • Staff will remain with their group for the entire day excluding breaks where campers will be overseen by the on-site camp supervisor who will wear a face covering and maintain 6 feet of distance from campers.
  • Groups will practice physical distancing (6 feet) as much as possible throughout the day.
  • Campers will each have their own set of materials to limit sharing for the duration of the camp. These materials will be sanitized at the end of each camp day.
  • We will open windows, utilize fans, and spend time outside as much as possible to improve air circulation at camp facilities.
  • Meals and snacks will be taken outside.
    • Campers will be required to physically distance while they eat
    • Campers will be required to wash their hands immediately before and after eating.
    • As always at our camps, there will be no sharing food.
  • Students will be required to wash or sanitize their hands periodically throughout the day.
  • Due to the increased exposure potential associated with singing, we will not be singing at any of our camps. Campers may be asked to record themselves singing at home

Face Coverings

  • All campers and Studio East staff will be required to wear a face covering at all times
  • Please help your camper understand the importance of wearing a face covering and how to do so properly

If someone develops symptoms of COVID-19

  • If symptoms appear while at camp, the person will be separated from the group (with supervision) until they are able to leave the facility. While separated, they will be asked to wear a face covering.
    • Any space used to isolate a person with symptoms will be immediately and thoroughly cleaned, sanitized, and disinfected.
  • If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, all group members (campers and staff) that came into contact with that person will be notified and should self-quarantine for 14 days. Additional resources will be shared at that time.

Returning to camp after suspected signs of COVID-19

  • A camper or staff member who had signs of COVID-19 can return when:
    • At least 72 hours (3 days) have passed since recovery- defined by WA State Department of Health as no fever without the use of medications and improvement in respiratory signs like cough and shortness of breath

AND

  • At least 10 days have passed since signs first appeared.
  • If a person believes they have had close contact to someone with COVID-19, but they are not sick, they should watch their health for signs of fever, cough, shortness of breath, and other COVID -19 symptoms during the 14 days after the last day they were in close contact with the sick person with COVID-19. They should not go to work, child care, school, or public places for 14 days.

Should you have any questions about these procedures, please email Education Director Corey Dunne at coreydunne@studio-east.org.

Frequently Asked Questions – Summer 2020

+ How do I register for summer camps?

Summer camps are live for registration right now! Visit the Summer Program Registration webpage to learn how to register. Due to COVID-19 closures, our current operations are running with limited hours and limited staff. We are experiencing some delays in processing and are only able to take online registrations at this time. Once our organization is back up and running, we will re-open mail and phone registrations. If you need assistance with online registration, please email info@studio-east.orgView full camp schedule.

+ What happens if the camp I want to register for is full?

We will put your student on a waitlist and notify you if space becomes available. If you wish to also register in another camp to be assured of a spot in one of our camps, we can put your student on the waitlist for the full camp and accept a registration for another session. If you are offered a spot in the camp for which you were waitlisted and you decide to switch, you will be charged the standard $25 switching fee. Please see next question.

+ What if I need to switch camps?

Switching between programs is allowed up to 3 weeks before the first day of camp at no cost, based on availability. Switching between programs less than 3 weeks before the first day of your camp will result in an Admin Fee of $25. Please see our full Payment, Refund, and Switching policy above.

+ How do I cancel my child's camp registration?

We understand that choosing the right camp option for your student is a highly personal decision and we support whatever choice you feel is appropriate for your family. We are happy to offer no-hassle refunds from now 3 weeks prior to the first day of your camp if you’d like to withdraw your student.  Prepaid tuition may also be applied to your account as a credit for future use or donated to Studio East. All refunds will be issued by check. If you wish to cancel your student’s registration, please fill out our Summer Camp Refund Request Form. 

+ Will any Studio East Summer Camps be in-person this year?

Camps scheduled for July 20 – August 28th will be held in-person if we are permitted to do so by WA State and King County health guidelines, if the facilities are available, and if we feel that we can provide a safe environment and experience for our campers and staff. Summer camps that move forward in person will follow all social distancing guidelines as outlined by local and state authorities and the CDC. This will likely include daily screenings of campers at drop-off, additional cleaning procedures, use of face masks, and smaller group sizes at a minimum.

+ When will announcements be made about summer camps in late July and August?

The format for Summer Camps July 20 – July 31 will be announced on June 22nd.

The format for Summer Camps in August will be announced on July 6th.

+ Have camp offerings changed?

All original camp titles beginning before July 15th are still being offered as online options at this time. We have shortened Little Players and TaleSpinners camps to 3 hours each day, and have added Camp-In-A-Box options for our 4 years-2nd grade campers which will include activities, supplies, and access to pre-recorded experiences that you and your young person can do on your own time at home. 

+ How will online camps work?

All camps will utilize a combination of online video conferencing for interactive theater games and rehearsal experiences, and independent at-home activities that will be provided for you by Studio East.  Campers will never be online for more than 90 minutes consecutively, and for no more than 4 total hours per day (fewer for our younger students).  

In order to help families manage the technical logistics of online camp, students will be able to stay logged in to the video conference for the duration of the camp day, but may be muted or have their video disabled during breaks and at-home activity times.

+ What is your attendance policy? What should I do if my student will be late or absent for a day of camp?

We expect all students to be logged in for camp every day, but we also recognize and understand the added complications of online learning. At-home activities are all optional, but supplement your student’s camp experience and some at-home activities will be incorporated into final performance videos. If you foresee a conflict with a portion of camp or your student is struggling with the online format, please contact the Education Director to talk through options in order to ensure a successful experience for your student, as well as their classmates.  Missing more than one day of camp could hinder the process for all of the campers and staff, so please check your calendar carefully.  If something comes up at the last minute, such as illness, please call our office as soon as possible so that we can notify the Instructors of your child’s absence and allow them make any necessary adjustments for the day. At this time our office hopes to be open during the summer from 8:30AM-5:30PM. If you call outside of office hours, please leave a message.

+ Do you offer Extended Care for working parents?

There will be no Extended Care offered for online programming.

+ Who are the Instructors?

Our same amazing teaching staff will lead all of our online and in person Summer Camps. Find photos and biographies of our faculty here. All of our instructors are passionate about working with young people and sharing their expertise in the performing arts. Most of our instructors have been teaching for more than five years, many have Master’s degrees and/or teaching certificates, and all are Teaching Artists – active performers as well as teachers. We run Washington State background checks on all of our staff, and all of our Camp Instructors are trained in first aid and CPR.

+ Can my child with special needs attend camp?

Studio East Instructors are usually able to create ways for children with special needs to succeed. Please write down all medications, physical, emotional or behavioral challenges your child may have on your student’s Medical Information Form, and discuss them with the Education Director prior to the first day of camp. This information will make our instruction more effective and your child’s experience more rewarding. All staff and instructors follow the Studio’s Confidentiality Policy, so your privacy will be protected. Please note that staff members cannot monitor or administer medications.

+ What kinds of Financial Aid or Work Study opportunities are available for Studio East programs?

We understand that not all families can afford full tuition for our programs. Studio East has a Scholarship Fund which allows us to give partial scholarships to a limited number of deserving students. Financial Aid forms are available on our website, via email and fax and in person at our office. If your family will require financial assistance to participate in our classes, please submit your completed Financial Aid Form to the front office as soon as possible.

Students age 12 and older may be able to earn Tuition Credits for Studio East programs by assisting classes and camps. Skilled teen dancers with an inclination to choreograph may also earn Tuition Credits as Intern Choreographers with our elementary school ArtReach! program. Limited Tuition Credit opportunities are also available to parents who can offer administrative and transportation assistance during Summer Camps.

Contact Education Director for more information.

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